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The tales of two women

February 11th, 2021

The next Oxygen Art Centre author readings in Nelson will include: Victoria-based Kate Braid on what its like to be a journeywoman carpenter and Vera Maloff (right, photo Tamara Terry) about growing up in a Doukhobor activist family.

It is the third Zoom reading in Oxygen Art Centre’s 2020-21 author reading series.

Kate Braid will read and talk from her new memoir Hammer & Nail: Notes of a Journeywoman (Caitlin $22.95) inspired by the 15 years she worked in construction and as a contractor and trades instructor. This collection of essays and stories reflects Braid’s career in a very male-dominated profession. Hammer & Nail is a follow-up to her 2012 memoir, Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World.

Maloff’s memoir, Our Backs Warmed by the Sun: Memories of a Doukhobor Life (Caitlin $24.95) deals with her grandparents’ and other Doukhobor families’ activism on behalf of peace and justice during the past 100 years, as lived through and remembered by her mother.

Event Details:
The event begins at 7 p.m. Those interested in attending need to R.S.V.P. by emailing info@oxygenartcentre.org to receive the Zoom link and accompanying event information. The reading is free and everyone welcome to attend. Donations are encouraged: $2 – $5 via Oxygen’s CanadaHelps page.


Vera Maloff was born in Nelson, and taught in the Kootenay Lake and Kootenay Columbia school districts for more than 30 years. She has remained active in Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ functions, and has taught after-school Russian classes. One chapter in Our Backs Warmed by the Sun won first prize in the non-fiction category of the Kootenay Literary Competition.  Other material in the memoir was published in Nelson’s literary magazine, The New Orphic Review.

Kate Braid

Kate Braid taught writing for Nanaimo’s Malaspina University-College and has published seven collections of poems as well, most recently Elemental from B.C.’s Caitlin Press in 2018. In 2015, she received the Vancouver Mayor’s Literary Arts Award for her contribution to the city’s cultural community.


Forthcoming Zoom author readings in the 2020-21 series include UBC Okanagan author Matt Rader along with students from Selkirk College’s creative writing courses on March 24. Kicking off National Poetry Month on March 31 will be a previously postponed book launch by Winlaw, B.C. author Tom Wayman, including readings and music provided by Vernon, B.C. writer and musician John Lent.

Hammer & Nail: 978-1773860336
Our Backs Warmed: 978-1773860398

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